Chanelle Hayes reaches goal weight as she loses eight stone after gastric surgery

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Chanelle Hayes has celebrated shedding eight stone and reaching her goal weight nearly a year after undergoing gastric sleeve surgery.

The former Big Brother couldn't contain her pride as she shared a "before" Instagram snap with her arms raised high to show her figure, alongside a recent snap in which she looked happy and healthy.

In the caption, the 33 year old reflected on the "desperately unhappy" person she was in the first picture, admitting that she "avoided" her reflection in the mirror and "didn't like herself".

Chanelle, who was previously 17 stone, went on to gush over her renewed confidence after whittling "back inside the nine stones".

She wrote: "In the first pic on the left I didn't even know my weight because I didn't want to…although I know it was around 17 stone as I had surgery not too long from that pic (I took that picture to use as inspiration to get healthy again).

"What I do know is that I couldn't walk up the stairs that day and opted for the escalator on that trip. I also had to put talc under my boobs, in between my thighs and under my upper arms to stop the rashes I would get from chafing.

"I avoided every mirror or reflection and generally did not care about or like myself very much."

Addressing her newly slimline picture, Chanelle admitted that while she "still gets nervous around her reflection", she feels "so proud, confident and healthy again".

"My weight and addiction to food has held me back for so many years I have to pinch myself when I remember I am healthy again and can fit into clothes without a crying episode in the changing rooms," she continued.

Chanelle concluded her post: "What is your goal weight / size? Mine is 9st10lb and size 10 clothes and I have finally made it."

The reality star's milestone achievement was met with a wave of praise from her celebrity pals.

Casey Batchelor wrote: "Stunning babe, you look amazing well done xx" while TOWIE's Marie Fowler added: "Ah so proud of how you've achieved your goal Chanelle x"

Imogen Thomas gushed: "Majorly proud of u."

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